David Mitchell's scientific activities have focused on aquatic weeds and wetlands but extend also to the management of water resources in those Australian river catchments which are characterised by remarkably even topography, highly variable rainfall, extensive floodplains, and ephemeral wetlands. He is the author, or coauthor of some 250 scientific papers and reports, of which about 90 are book chapters or published in refereed journals.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Biology; a recipient of the Hilary Jolly Award for "service to Australian Limnology"; the Aquatic Plant Management Society, USA, President's Award "in recognition of a career devoted to scientific discovery and contributions to "aquatic plant biology and control; and 2003 International Fellow of the Society for Wetland Scientists for "a lifetime of contributions to wetland science and management".
Adjunct Prof David Mitchell was named a Member in the general division of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Membership of Advisory Boards
Prof Mitchell is Patron of the Lake Cowal Foundation, having served as a member of the Board from 2000 to 2012; and is chair of the Environment Working Group of the Anglican Church of Australia.
Bsc (Hons) UED, Cape Town , PhD Lond.